Crimea Votes to Secede from Ukraine

Exit polls show that 93 percent of Crimeans voted Sunday to secede from the Ukraine and join Russia. Obama spoke with Russian President Vladimir Putin via telephone Sunday. "President Obama emphasized that the Crimean “referendum,” which violates the Ukrainian constitution and occurred under duress of Russian military intervention, would never be recognized by the United States and the international community. He emphasized that Russia’s actions were in violation of Ukraine’s sovereignty and territorial integrity and that, in coordination with our European partners, we are prepared to impose additional costs on Russia for its actions," according to a White House statement.

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